Happy Bastille Day a tout!
As you can imagine, I pay attention to public rituals and never have the planners of such a ritual better matched the moment and the person than when those choreographing the French Bicentennial celebrations asked who was sufficiently statuesque to stand at the foot of the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, wrapped in a tent of a dress in the colors of the tricoleur, singing La Marsellaise, and answered: Jessye Norman.The moment was magic:
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